|Varsity Cross Country South Kent/Gunnery/Berkshire|
|Date:||October 28, 2017|
|Score:||1st Place out of 6 Teams|
Runners Shine in Six-School Event, Claiming 1st Place
“What a day for the Salisbury Knight-runners!” enthused rookie coach Thomas Severo at the end of a glorious Saturday afternoon in Sheffield, MA, where his charges raced in a six-school event hosted by Berkshire School. In earning 1st place with 68 points, the Knights edged runner-up Canterbury by a single point while defeating Berkshire (3rd), Millbrook (4th), The Gunnery (5th), and South Kent (6th). Severo was particularly excited to point out that the Knights rebounded from a “heartbreaking loss by only a handful of points last weekend,” making the performance all the sweeter.
As has been his custom over the past two seasons, Jack Gottsegen lead the charge for Salisbury, capturing 7th place in the overall standings. Jack “Rabbit,” in Severo parlance, was followed by Ford “Buzzin’” Cousin (10th), James "Koala" Kelly (15th), Joe "Fab" Raab (17th), and Myles "Per" Knight (19th).
Severo also credited two runners who did not point in the competition but who did prevent opponents from finishing higher, thereby encumbering those opponents’ teams with extra points on a day when only 6 points separated the top four teams. [Ed. Note: As in golf, the lowest score in cross country wins.] “Our first overall displacer,” Severo stated, “was Jack ‘The Man’ Zhan, who finished 20th. Rob ‘Shorty Got’ Luo was right behind him in 21st, earning designation as our second overall displacer.”
Severo offered further observations about the race: “The field was wide and sparsely spread. Salisbury placers and displacers affected the scoring as deep as 57th overall, where Matt Wesson displaced against South Kent. Salisbury managed to run a tactical race,” an intent Severo further explained, “that truly focused on a team strategy. While each of the five other teams in the race had an individual who bested Jack, Salisbury's top finisher, the Knights managed to put six finishers in the top 20 overall (and seven in the top 21) to secure 1st place in the final standings.”
Severo recognized one more runner: Liam Seibold. “Liam was amazing!” Severo gushed. “While finishing 85th may not be something to stop the presses, he recorded a HUGE personal best.”
Complete team scores appear below:
1 – Salisbury, 68
2 – Canterbury, 69
3 – Berkshire, 71
4 – Millbrook, 74
5 – The Gunnery, 94
6 – South Kent, 149